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bam in 2014. some of them want to have the replacement plan in effect first. they have to figure out the details first. that is where the trickiest parts remain. >> you will be covering the whole thing we know. thank you so much. a quick shot of air force one there it is, leaving after naming the next national security advisor down in west palm beach. the president up, um and away heading back home to the white house. i'm brooke baldwin, thank you for being with me. "the lead" starts now. >> thank you, brooke, today we celebrate presidents' day with another quiet reflection on the role of the presidency. breaking news, after michael flynn's sudden firing, president trump picks his new national security advisor. who is general h.r. mcmaster and why did the president hire him? will the same seven mostly muslim countries be on the list and will this one survive the
courts. plus an assassination caught on tape. it shows kim jong un's half brother being taken out in an extremely bizarre way. welcome to the lead, i'm jim shudo in for jake tapper. begin with breaking news. after the very early dismissal of michael flynn, president trump this afternoon took us by surprise announcing that army lieutenant general, that is three stars, h.r. mcmaster is his new national security advisor. >> a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. i watched and read a lot over the last two days. he is highly respected by everybody in the military. and we are very honored to have him. >> general mcmaster is a career army officer who commanded troops to the gulf war, also in the wars in iraq and afghanistan, leading a successful counter insurgency at one of the lowest points of the iraq war.
right now mr. trump is preparing to leave florida and return to the white house. that is air force one on the runway. this after a weekend of campaigning that led to even more confusion with another close us ally. cnn senior correspondent joins me now from the white house. a quick decision to get a new national security advisor into place. >> indeed it was. the president will be flying back here to washington with his new national security advisor in tow. he's trying to move one beyond one of the biggest controversies in his first month of office as he gets ready for his second. >> president trump naming a new national security advisor tonight, lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster. >> he's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. i watched and read a lot over the last few days. he is highly respected by everybody in the military. and we are very honored to have him. >> the president making the announcement at his mar-a-lago resort. mcmaster to replace general
michael flynn. forced to resign after misleading the vice president over his calls with the russian ambassador. mcmaster a distinguished soldier, rising through the ranks to become a chief army strategist. >> i'm grateful to you for that opportunity and i look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything i can to advance and protect the interests of the american people. >> the president filling a key position in his national security team before heading back to the white house after a long presidents' day weekend in florida. >> a great spiritofoptimismin sweeping, and you see that, it's sweeping all across the country. >> returning to the campaign trail for the first time as president. his words now carrying more weight. enough to spark another d diplomatic dust up with sweden. >> sweden, last night in sweden, who would believe this, sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. >> the president later saying he saw a report on fox news, which
incorrectly said immigrants are causing a spike in crime in sweden. former swedish prime minister firing back on twitter. sweden? terror attack? what has he been smoking? questions ab bound. >> in brussels today, vice president pens speaking about flynn's resignation for the first time. >> i was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been mcquaid to me by general flynn were inaccurate. >> the vice president expressing a commitment to nato, even as he sought reassurances from u.s. allies. >> who should leaders listen to you, you or president trump. can they be certain that the assurances that you give won't be contradicted in a tweet or a statement in a press conference tomorrow. >> as i say we look forward to working across the channel with all parties in the years ahead on behalf of peace and pros
expepros -- prosperity. >> also reverberating around the world. >> rest assured, both the president and i strongly support a free and independent press. but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts. >> across the country, as protests against the president break out on presidents' day, mr. trump remained secluded at mar-a-lago before flying back to washington. while he once criticized president obama for golfing. >> i'm not going to have time to go golf. >> it's the third straight weekend he has been on the links in the florida sunshine making time for his own rounds of golf. >> as the president prepares to fly back right now we see pictures there, he will be coming to -- back here to the white house where there are protests indeed happening on pennsylvania avenue. a few hundred people or so have been protesting throughout the
day, talking about immigration, other things here. so just a sign, jim, that as week five begins of the trump presidency, he has that keyhole in the national security team filled. so many controversies left, including that immigration order that we speculator this week. >> thank you. joining me now with more on president trump's pick for national security advisor, cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. beyond being a comcommander, a l success in counter insurgency in the iraq war as well. stellar reputation, would you say? >> indeed, very well-known in pentagon circles. as you pointed out, a veteran of iraq and afghanistan. multiple tours of duty. knows germany, knows europe. one of the things he may have to come up to speed on is north korea, and the pacific, not a lot of field experience out there. but a guy with very capable management skills. expected to bring some calm to
the process. >> this has been a difficult post for the white house to fill. we know that vice admiral harward turned it down for personal reasons. concerns he had about chaos in the white house. how do you expect mcmaster to work alongside this president. >> he's a currently-serving military officer. he does not have the option to say no to his commander in chief. he had to take the job. so he will have to work a bit harder, i suppose, to carve out his territory. and people i'm already talking to say the key thing will be how he interacts with steve bannon, president trump's very close advisor, very idealogical with unexpectedly a permanent seat on the national security council. will those two jockey for power or will general mcmaster be able to take firm command of the process. >> thank you very much. i want to bring in republican congressman adam kingsler.
thanks for joining us on this holiday. >> you bet. >> tell us about mcmaster, i know you didn't serve together. you know his reputation. what is your reaction to this pick? >> i think it's a great pick. one of the great things about our country is there are so many good people to choose from and he's one of them as you mentioned he was in the largest tank battle of world war ii, did a great job in terms of counter insurgency, one of the unsaid things is he wrote a book called dereliction of duty. and i think that is what we need in the white house, that is what we need in the pentagon and the national security branch, somebody willing to speak out and say we can't keep could go things that we are doing. we need to challenge the status quo. >> the big message in that is political leaders can trump the visi advice of military commanders.
one criticism in the white house is what is the chain of command. that is one of the reasons that we thought harward took his name out. what will be key for general mcmaster to be a successful national security advisor in your view? >> well, he obviously has to understand he works for the president. and you see in the eight years of president obama, the eight years of president bush prior, ultimately the president makes the decision. president bush went against the advice of some of his generals. so he has to understand that his role is to be an advisor to the president, to give him the best advice he can, but ultimately he has to do what the president says. he has the kind of pedestrianig reputation to challenge president trump. that's what he wants when he tries to get his sc in order. >> we had president trump in effect picking a fight with an an ally, quoting what seemed to be false, possibly or at least
exaggerated reports of problems in europe, specifically sweden. we've had other cases of this with australia and elsewhere, these public spats over meaningless things. from your perspective, how damaging are these things? well, listen -- watch what he does, rather than listen to what he says, but these seem to be having a real affect on these relationships. s . >> i think words have an impact. people looking at this saying, where did that come from, it came out of left field. the former prime minister with his tweet. i think it's more of an embarrassment that this happened. i don't think this is the kind of thing that is going to destroy the diplomatic relationship with sweden. as we've said, when you get in campaign rallies, sometimes you get in front of yourself and you say things that you look back and say i shouldn't have said them. i think this was a mistake, it was an embarrassment, at the end of the day, our relationship with sweden is fine. the people around the president are very good. i just think he needs to be a
little more conscious in caging his words in terms of when he talks about allies and things along that line. >> diplomatic cli put. on another issue on the travel ban, cnn's reporting that the president will likely this week release a modified executive order, among other things, exempting green card holders, which is one of the issues here. i know that in the past you had expressed your reservations about the first executive order. will a change like that be enough for you to support this measure? >> well, it depends. i want to see what it finally looks like. as i've said every president, every new administration has a responsibility to ensure that the vetting process is correct, and everything else. i think the way the last one was rolled out was bad when you have, in essence, green card holders, permanent citizens, people that worked with us as translator. hopefully that doesn't happen in this next one. i think it's within his authority to do it. the only other kind ever concern
i have is if, and it sounds like they are, if iraq is included, iraq right now is our chief ally in fighting the war on terror against isis. i think it doesn't send a great message. in fact we actually basically created the vetting standards in iraq. they have tight vetting standards who gets a passport. this is within the president's purview and if this knew executive order cleans up what the ninth circuit overturned it may stand. >> thanks very much. >> as always, thanks snooch. >> a top european leader, a stunning rebuke and he did it right next to vice president mike pence. more after this. every social oc. so the the broom said, "sorry i'm late. i over-swept." [ laughter ] yes, even the awkward among us deserve some laughter. and while it's okay to nibble in public, a lady only dines in private. try the name your price tool from progressive.
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any questions on the president's foreign policy in russia? >> i have been trying to figure out the details of how exactly president trump views and will handle major foreign policy issues isn't necessarily any easier today. what we do have are the top members of his cab not going out there, meeting with allies, at times delivering different, stronger messages, and in some cases doing damage control for the president of the united states. >> the fight against isis in iraq enters a new offensive. the defense secretary james mattis in baghdad meals . >> we are not in iraq to seize anybody's oil. >> the reason why, the president? >> we should have kept the oil, but okay, maybe we'll have another chance. >> and as russia flexes its muscle, eastern europe, recent prof vavocations against the un
states, the vice president is in europe, making sure to state clearly. >> our alliance will continue to hold russia accountable and demand that they honor the agreements, including deescalating violence. >> president trump while he was campaigning, implying that nato allies may have to defend themselves or this, trump's rally two days ago. >> many of the countries that we protect, they are not paying their bills. they are not paying their bills. >> it is now vice president pence trying to clear up any misunderstanding. >> it is my privilege here at the nato headquarters to express the strong support of president trump and the united states of america for nato and our trans atlantic alliance. >> the results on nato, russia, iran, some of the world's biggest problems, even on phone calls with allies has been to many foreign policy experts. >> confused, chaotic,
contradictory, look, there is a lot of whip lash doing on here. we are seeing very conflicting statements come out from one day to the next. >> some republicans, too, including ohio governor john kasich raising concerns about how allies view this. >> what they are saying is we can hear from the vice president, we can hear from general mattis, but we are not sure about the president. and it is vital that the administration be on the same page. >> and at home. >> it's really confusing to me. my hope is it's just a president right now that is hoping to make some kind of a big deal a grand bargain. >> so we see the vice president there in europe. we don't see the secretary of state, recollectitillerson. there are still several top positions that haven't been filled. there has not been a single press briefing, which was a dailey occurrence, and no indication of when there will be one. also whenever you reach out to the state department and ask them about whatever is going on, and getting some detail on that,
the most common response is for them to simply refer you right back to the white house. jim? >> michelle kosinski. thank you very much. the trump administration is tweaking the president's executive order on immigration. what will the new version look like? and at a weekend rally, president trump decried what is happening in sweden. is something actually happening in sweden? that is ahead. america's beverage companies have come together to bring you more ways to help reduce calories from sugar. with more great tasting beverages with less sugar or no sugar at all, smaller portion sizes, clear calorie labels, and signs reminding everyone to think balance before choosing their beverages. we know you care about reducing the sugar in your family's diet, and we're working to support your efforts. more beverage choices. smaller portions. less sugar. balanceus.org.
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the trump administration is expected to modify the travel ban affecting seven majority muslim countries. cnn has learned that the new executive order will likely exempt existing green card holders from this temporary ban, and try to address concerns about religious discrimination, specifically language in that order giving preference to christian refugees over muslims. new guidance from the department of homeland security on immigration enforcement here at home, which could result in sweeping changes to the way undocumented immigrants are dealt with here. according to signed memos obtained by cnn, the action would make it easier to remove unauthorized immigrants. it would tighten laws on asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors entering the country and increase judges and detention facilities. hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been taken into custody in recent ice raids across the country.
will meet with homeland security john kelly this year. governor, thanks for joining us on the holiday. >> honored to be here. >> governor, the white house says it is focusing its raids on criminal illegal immigrants. tell us why you oppose the way these raids are being done. >> well first of all, i have a concern as governor of the common wealth of virginia or any governor of their state, we have reports in our office that last week ice officials stopped individuals coming out of a church from a center that had been called the night before and randomly stopped people and started asking them questions. in fact the first gentleman they stopped was a legal resident. therefore, they had no right to stop this individual. we have reports, they've gone into homes looking for individuals, and have tried to do collateral interviews with other people in the home. we have had reports of stopping people on the street, asking them if they had seen this person in the picture, and then
asking them questions. so my concern is, and i wrote to general kelly, who i have tremendous respect, four-star general in the marine corps, i have a son in the marines, we love the marine corps, i do want to know as governor what is the standard we are now using to stop individuals without any due process, why are they stopping individuals, and i've requested of general kelly a meeting and i want to thank him. we are going to have a meeting this week with ice official toss explain to me what is the new procedure. are we now randomly just going to stop individuals without any reason, any due process, because of the way they may look, without any reason for stopping them. if that's the case, i just want to know that, because i now have individuals in virginia who have been stopped with no reason for them being stopped. as i say, legal residents of the united states of america, and this would be a dramatic turn for our country. and i want to know what the procedures are going forward because, jim, at the end of the day, this is not making us safer. ice enforcement should be doing their job and i have tremendous
respect for them to make sure we continue to keep our community safe. what you can do is have a chilling effect, drive people under ground. if you hit someone with a disease they are not going to come out and get treatment. you are going to have individuals who will not come out and work with law enforcement. and it can have a crippling on our economy. i have already lost two site visits in virginia. i am trying to create jobs here and i'm worried about the overextension of what we are doing with law enforcement when we don't have rights to stop people and they are doing it and it will have a capitol hihillin on this country. >> the children known as dreamers, have a listen to his comments on friday. >> i will tell you, to me it's one of the most difficult subjects, because you have these incredible kids. i have to deal with a lot of
politicians and i have to convince them that what i am saying is right, and i appreciate your understanding of that. >> do you believe the president was signaling there that he will allow dreamers to stay in the country? >> i do think so. i'm encouraged by what i heard the president say there. i think what has happened with some of these policies, they have rolled them out very quickly. they haven't done the due diligence they have needed. people haven't had the right instructions on how to deal with what these executive orders are doing. as we say, at dellis airport, i went out immediately when i heard there was a family with two children with u.s. passports who were detained for hours without access to due process. this is not the united states of america that we know. we are a land of immigrants. we all want to keep our nation secure and safe. every governor wants to keep their state safe, but there is a very fine line between keeping our community safe and taking away basic protections that have made us the greatest nation on earth. randomly stopping individuals
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lethe swedish officials pushing back that there has been a surge in crime. give the public a break, the fake news media that is saying that large scale immigration in sweden is working out just beautifully, not. swedish officials say we know better because we live here. ivan watson joins ussive -- us live from sweeten. tell us how riled up or people about this? >> jim, first of all, there was -- the swedish embassy in washington after the statement made by president trump on saturday, reached out to the u.s. state department asking for clarification and offering to share some more information about that. then you have the prime minister of sweden in the last couple of hours coming out saying he was really surprised by the kind of
statements that were coming out about his country. he said there are challenges here, there are problems here. but he also had some words of advice or almost criticism for the u.s. president. take a listen. >> yes, we have opportunities, we have challenges, we are working with them every day. but i think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly. and for verifying any information that we spread. >> now, the immigration issue is a divisive issue here. there have been a lot of people that have come in here over the last couple of years. there are political problems here. it's helped a right wing party rise in the polls of late. but i think the point that swedish officials want to make is it's not a crisis. this is not a country that is burning down right now. >> so ivan, what are the facts and figures on the ground when it comes to crime rates and how they relate to increased immigration to sweden? >> okay. let's run through some numbers
here. between 2012 and 2015, there were a little wit more than 100,000 refugees who were granted asylum. that is for a country of 10 million people. that is a sizeable amount. in 2015 alone, there were more than 160,000 applicants for asylum here. and if you look, the majority of them come from countries that are war zones right now. syria, afghanistan, iraq, all countries that the u.s. has been involved in these conflicts. the number of reported crimes in sweden, it went up approximately 7%. the population grew at some 3%. the u.s. state department says the crime rate grew around 4% between 2014 and 2015, jim, and a big part of that surge was computer-related fraud. the government here says that violent crime has actually gone down over the course of the last 25 years. however, during that same period, 2012 to 2015 the number
of islamaphobic crimes has doubled. the justice department here says there were 112 lethal events, murders, basically, in this entire country. 112 in a country of 10 million people in one year. jim? >> incredible numbers. i want to bring this my panel now. bill, if i could start with you. first of all, you look there, the numbers do not back up trump's claim. in fact if there is a spike in crime there it's against muslims there. there is a substantive conversation you could have about the effects of immigration coming too quickly, migrants, et cetera. instead you take it off in this direction here not based on fact. is that a missed opportunity for the president? >> it's i don't know if it's a missed opportunity, it's offending a nation. there are real problems with
immigrants there, not just refugees, just like in france and belgium. this is not news. if you have watched things in europe in the last 10, 20 years, but why offend -- what's the point of trump saying -- the crime rate went up in the '70s. are we even happy if a european prime minister or president would say, look at the united states, what a wreck that place is all they have is riots a crimes, if you are not making any -- there is nothing to be gained from it, right? >> right. now, the white house response to this, fits a pattern, right? where first the president says, well i wasn't really talking about that, i was actually just talking about -- i wasn't talking about some specific event, i was talking about the general problem and then you have the fake news charge in there as well. ruth, is this what we should expect? >> yes, it's what we should expect. what i love here is that the president says something false, fake, if you will, look at what happened in sweden last night. and then he somehow manages this
magnificent pivot to attack us in the media for fake news. we have to get used to it. but i think one of the interesting things of this moment, and it's kind of similar to what we saw at the press conference last week with electoral votes and biggest since reagan is it's really different when you say something that is not true as a president, than even as a presidential candidate and you get called on it in real time by a reporter at a press conference and you get called on it by another country when you are doing it to them. and so i think -- it would be too much to say this is a learning moment for the president, but it should be. >> yeah. i think expectations might be a little high. i want to listen to what white house chief of staff reince priebus said about this. >> i think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff, put names on a piece of paper and print it. if people aren't willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn't be listed, period, the story line should
not be about bogus russian spy stories, it should be that this president has accomplished more in the first 30 days of this presidency, than people can remember in a very long time. >> let's set that claim aside just for a moment. the bigger picture here, i think this is concerning. first of all reince priebus, were imagined unnamed sources stories in the past. >> never. >> looking forward to that first white house background briefing or second or third where they ask not to be named. >> absolutely. >> and that is -- and every administration kind of plays that game, and they will and have, too. so i think the lecture on jueths from reince priebus fall as little short and he tell us what the news is and it really isn't. no one cares that they are criticizing the media, but also as you said, i mean, this is what the administration does. >> just come back on the sweden thing for a minute.
>> you want to talk about sweden. >> you know, again, you said correctly that it matters much more when you say something as president than when you are a candidate. we have to cooperate -- the swedes do have some potential terrorists there. we would like if swedish intelligence got us the names of those people if he are trying to enter the united states. you have reported on this a lot. >> they have been demanding better cooperation within europe, but across -- >> if we think sweden is a place where there is some dangerous people, you don't need to insult them and make them less likely to work with us. >> just do that to australia. >> the travel ban as well, that is going to be apparently resurrected this week, possibly in modified form, but targeting the same countries, which include countries, iraq, you know, specifically, where you have -- you want to have these cooperative relationships. i mean, iraq in particular, you have general james mattis there, the secretary of defense now having to say in public we are not going to take your oil because the president said that. this is the thing it does affect
key relationships because they are asking hard questions now. >> words matter. they just matter. but i want to make one note, why unnamed sources are used, they are used because usually because people fear retribution or they are trying to get something out that gives insight into a problem. it's not because, oh, i want to make something up so i'm going to say it off the record. every good reporter knows not to print that sort of thing. >> if we didn't have unnamed sources, would general flynn still be there? >> fair point. absolutely. listen, there were some unnamed sources during the trump campaign as well. >> should there be fewer unnamed sources? yes, would we love to have everybody on the record, yes. are there times when we are too lazy and fail to go back to people to try to press them to go on the record, and use them to give snotty quotes, yes, we should be aware of that. those are fair criticisms, but fundamentally, we would not have had the watergate reporting.
we would not have had a lot of other government accountability. and print the kind of stories that make the white house happy. >> donald trump. >> i'm glad you brought it up. >> didn't donald trump used to call up and say what was the name he used? >> he didn't use his own name. >> ruth, bill, jacky, thanks very much. a big conservative conference in washington hasn't started yet, but there is already drama over its guest list, coming up why the group just disinvited a well-known alt right speaker. today, unlimited gets the network it deserves. verizon. (mic thuds) uh, sorry. it's unlimited without compromising reliability, on the largest, most advanced 4g lte network in america. (thud) uh... sorry, last thing. it's just $45 per line.
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welcome back to the lead, sticking with politics and news. an abrupt reversal by a conservative group and its invitation to a controversial speaker, the conservative political action conference, aka cpac, has rescinded its invitation to milo yiannopoulos. milo appearance to advocate relationships between young boys and adult men. milo is tbanned on twitter for
harassing snl star leslie jones, and sparked a violent protest in berkeley this month. what does cpac say about why it had him on the roster in the first place? >> well i reached out to cpac officials today, they told me that cpac is a constructive forum for controversy attending the conference could handle the controversial figure like milo, but interestingly enough, it was the most prominent voiceness conservative circles who began to complain the loudest to push for this reversal. >> the conservative political action conference ads proclaim cpac 2017 will be a revolution. the first revolt from conservatives and democrats alike over milo yiannopoulos, known as milo, the professional
provacateur, and breitbart senior editor who advocates for free speech in nearly every form. now he's off the schedule just two days after he was announced, and it's not the first time he's gotten the hook. after being thrown off quitter for attacks on african-american comedian leslie jones, calling femnism a cancer. protests erupted during his controversial campus tour. >> this is a university, this is a place you are supposed to hear anyone. >> this time the cancellation came after the conservative website the reagan battalion pod cast this club, about sex with minors. >> in the home mow sexual world, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men, the relationships in which those older men help young boys discover who they are. >> it sounds like catholic
priest molestation to me. >> he said he would never be as good at a certain sex act without a priest. he clarified his comments posting in part, a note for idiots, i do not support pedophilia. cpac chairman calling the face back apology insufficient, writing there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of secretaries wxual abuse of c. they were in the dark about milo's invitation. board member ned ryan tweeting while i'm all for free speech, this is such a thing as vile hateful speech that does not deserve a platform. earlier this year, milo told cnn spurring this kind of discussion is exactly his goal. >> you don't just inherit the first amendment, you have to fight for every generation. you have to reaffirm and relearn
its importance. and it takes people as preposterous and ridiculous as me to thrust that back into the public consciousness. >> today cpac announced president trump would be addressing the conference and it should not go unnoticed the connection to the breitbart site. it's founder name sake andrew breitbart spoke there in 2012, and former chairman steve bannon serves as one of president trump's most influence al advisors. >> a lot of connections to breitbart. thanks very much. a high profile north korean is poisoned in an airport. we've got the surveillance video as it happened. that is next.
korean leader kim jong-un's half brother. it's amazing to watch. the person in the white long-sleezed t-shirt there in the bubble seems to put something over kim jong nam's head. this was at kuala lumpur just one week ago today. it shows nam walking up to an information desk. two hours later he was desk. kim jong nam had been known to criticize his half-brother. he was the oldest son of his late dictator father. four people are now in custody as north korea tries to cast doubt that it was nam who was attacked and killed. i want to go down -- how the investigation is going and where it stands now. >> these are the extraordinary moments that purport to show a man who appears to be kim jong nam walking through kuala lumpur airport attacked. the footage first broadcast on
japanese television shows a woman in a white top grabbing the man from behind. he was dead within two hours. north korea's ambassador to malaysia saying they carried out an autopsy without north korea's permission or presence. he said the north will not accept the results, claiming malaysia had something to conceal. the response came monday. malaysia recalling its ambassador to north korea for, quote, consultations, and summons the north korean ambassador to malaysia to the foreign ministry. in a statement later, malaysia says it's following law by carrying out an autopsy. the government is transparent and north korea's criticism is baseless. and in yet another twist in this murder mystery, north korea's ambassador didn't identify the victim as nam, instead using the name on the pass port he
carried. but in a press conference last week, malaysia's deputy prime minister said it is indeed kim jong nam, confirmed and i quote, by the identity issued by the north korea embassy. malaysian police say they won't release the body unless identified by a family member or dna. >> the request for the dna is simple from the family of the deceased is preposterous. >> south korea says it has no doubt north korea is behind nam's death. malays malaysia's deputy prime minister has said that is purely speculation. the police investigation continues. four suspects are in custody. three people not listed as s suspects are wanted to assist in the investigation. and there is a man hunt on for four north korean men, all newly-named suspects in the kim jong nam murder investigation.
that man hunt is going to prove to be very difficult because police say all four north korean suspects left the country on the day of the attack. in the meantime, they are awaiting results of the toxicology and pathology tests to complete the autopsy. jim? >> thank you. that is it for the lead. i turn you over now to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news, filling the void. president trump names general h.r. mcmaster as new national security advisor, replacing michael flynn, forced to resign after just three weeks on the job. mcmaster is known for speaking his mind just like the president. how will they confront the threats facing the united states? looming deadline. the plan to defeat isis orderedordered by president trump is almost due. will his plan call